Over the weekend, I was able to see Sean Connaughty's gallery installation at the Duluth Art Institute as well as the large terrarium that sank into Lake Superior - an inspired project navigating the human view into the natural world in a way I find terribly exciting. The white orb naturally brought to mind Andrea Zittel’s Indy Island at IMA’s 100 Acres. Though they are entirely different projects, they are similarly isolated habitats that invite a distant voyeurism. The launch was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter and I hope it is soon repaired so the original mission of the work may be completed.
I found myself with 15 years of Western painting and art history studies under my belt, but suddenly realized that my own autobiography was more important to me than the 400 years of Western painting history that I had learned. I urgently wanted to figure out a way to abandon that conceptual sphere and to find something concrete that mattered to me.